Category: Police Beat

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Lightning Strikes Washingtonian Woods Home Around 6 p.m. on Sept. 7, a home on the 200 block of Midsummer Drive was struck by lightning. According to Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service reports, the attic quickly caught fire. One occupant…

Taser Use by MCPD Officers Low

A recently released independent review found Taser use by Montgomery County police officers to be low and not their go-to weapon of force. Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett asked for the study in March after a published report by the…

City Police Now Answer Calls With Backup

The number of line of duty law enforcement deaths due to firearms has jumped 68 percent from last year, according to the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. From Jan. 1, 2015 to July 23, 2015, there were 19 officer fatalities…

Explorer Post Heads to Arizona for National Competition

Law Enforcement Explorers from across the country will get to see how Montgomery County does policing. The Montgomery County Police Explorer Post 1986 will be traveling to Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff to participate in the National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference the week…

GPD K-9 Max to Retire

No matter if it is drugs stashed away in a car’s glove compartment or tracking a suspect hiding in an overgrown wooded area, Max, a Belgian Malinois, will sniff out secret locations. For the past eight-and-a-half years (50-plus in dog…

Future Public Safety Building Now Owned by City

The City of Gaithersburg now owns the building at 16 S. Summit Ave. that will become the home of the Gaithersburg Police Department (GPD), a community meeting room, and possibly house the Mayor and City Council chambers. Initially, the city…

GPD Sergeant Makes Unique Pens Off Duty

Gaithersburg Police Department’s Sgt. Kathy Fairfield sees the workshop in her home as a place where the art of relaxation and creative imagination collide. In this space, she creates wooden bowls, boxes and wine stoppers, but her favorite pastime is…